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  • Publication Date:
  • Publication Type:
    Notice
  • Fed Register #:
    79:63946-63948
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    SGS North America, Inc.: Applications for Expansion of Recognition
[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 207 (Monday, October 27, 2014)][Notices][Pages 63946-63948]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-25377]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040]


SGS North America, Inc.: Applications for Expansion of 
Recognition

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In this notice, OSHA announces the applications of SGS North 
America, Inc. for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally 
Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and presents the Agency's 
preliminary finding to grant the application.

DATES: Submit comments, information, and documents in response to this 
notice, or requests for an extension of time to make a submission, on 
or before November 12, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments by any of the following methods:
    1. Electronically: Submit comments and attachments electronically 
at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. 
Follow the instructions online for making electronic submissions.
    2. Facsimile: If submissions, including attachments, are not longer 
than 10 pages, commenters may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at 
(202) 693-1648.
    3. Regular or express mail, hand delivery, or messenger (courier) 
service: Submit comments, requests, and any attachments to the OSHA 
Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040, Technical Data Center, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-2625, 
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2350 (TTY number: (877) 889-
5627). Note that security procedures may result in significant delays 
in receiving comments and other written materials by regular mail. 
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security 
procedures concerning delivery of materials by express mail, hand 
delivery, or messenger service. The hours of operation for the OSHA 
Docket Office are 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., E.T.
    4. Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and 
the OSHA docket number (OSHA-2006-0040). OSHA places comments and other 
materials, including any personal information, in the public docket 
without revision, and these materials will be available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, the Agency cautions commenters 
about submitting statements they do not want made available to the 
public, or submitting comments that contain personal information 
(either about themselves or others) such as Social Security numbers, 
birth dates, and medical data.
    5. Docket: To read or download submissions or other material in the 
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at 
the address above. All documents in the docket are listed in the 
http://www.regulations.gov index; however, some information (e.g., 
copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download 
through the Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material, 
are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. 
Contact the OSHA Docket Office for assistance in locating docket submissions.
    6. Extension of comment period: Submit requests for an extension of 
the comment period on or before November 12, 2014 to the Office of 
Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate of 
Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210, or by fax to (202) 693-
1644.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding this notice is 
available from the following sources:
    Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office 
of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Room N-3647, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999; 
email: meilinger.francis2@dol.gov.
    General and technical information: Contact Mr. Kevin Robinson, 
Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate 
of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210; phone: (202) 693-2110 or 
email: robinson.kevin@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Notice of the Application for Expansion

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is providing 
notice that SGS North America, Inc. (SGS), is applying for expansion of 
its current recognition as an NRTL. SGS requests the addition of nine 
test standards to its NRTL scope of recognition.
    OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets 
the requirements specified in 29 CFR 1910.7. Recognition is an 
acknowledgment that the organization can perform independent safety 
testing and certification of the specific products covered within its 
scope of recognition. Each NRTL's scope of recognition includes (1) the 
type of products the NRTL may test, with each type specified by its 
applicable test standard; and (2) the recognized site(s) that has/have 
the technical capability to perform the product-testing and product-
certification activities for test standards within the NRTL's scope. 
Recognition is not a delegation or grant of government authority; 
however, recognition enables employers to use products approved by the 
NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require product testing and 
certification.
    The Agency processes applications by an NRTL for initial 
recognition and for an expansion or renewal of this recognition, 
following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. This appendix 
requires that the Agency publish two notices in the Federal Register in 
processing an application. In the first notice, OSHA announces the 
application and provides its preliminary finding. In the second notice, 
the Agency provides its final decision on the application. These 
notices set forth the NRTL's scope of recognition or modifications of 
that scope. OSHA maintains an informational Web page for each NRTL, 
including SGS, which details the NRTL's scope of recognition. These 
pages are available from the OSHA Web site at 
http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.
    SGS currently has one facility (site) recognized by OSHA for 
product testing and certification, with its headquarters located at: 
SGS North America, Inc., 620 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, Georgia 
30024. A complete list of SGS's scope of recognition is available at 
http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/sgs.html.

II. General Background on the Application

    SGS submitted three applications, dated March 13, 2014 (Exhibit 14-
4--SGS Request for Expansion), May 15, 2014 (Exhibit 14-5--SGS Request 
for Expansion) and May 28, 2014 (Exhibit 14-6--SGS Request for 
Expansion), to expand its recognition to include a total of nine 
additional test standards. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of 
the application packets and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA 
did not perform any on-site reviews in relation to this application.
    Table 1 below lists the appropriate test standards found in SGS's 
applications for expansion for testing and certification of products 
under the NRTL Program.

  Table 1--Proposed List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in
                     SGS's NRTL Scope of Recognition
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           Test standard                     Test standard title
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UL 676............................  Underwater Luminaires and
                                     Submersible Junction Boxes.
UL 1088...........................  Temporary Lighting Strings.
UL 1786...........................  Direct Plug-In Nightlights.
AAMI ES60601-1....................  Medical electrical equipment-Part 1:
                                     General requirements for basic
                                     safety and essential performance.
FM 3600...........................  Electrical Equipment for Use in
                                     Hazardous (Classified) Locations--
                                     General Requirements.
FM 3610...........................  Intrinsically Safe Apparatus and
                                     Associated Apparatus for Use in
                                     Class I, II, and III, Division 1,
                                     Hazardous (Classified) Locations.
FM 3611...........................  Nonincendive Electrical Equipment
                                     for Use in Class I and II, Division
                                     2, and Class III, Divisions 1 and
                                     2, Hazardous (Classified)
                                     Locations.
NFPA 496..........................  Purged and Pressurized Enclosures
                                     for Electrical Equipment.
UL 783............................  Electric Flashlights and Lanterns
                                     for Use in Hazardous (Classified)
                                     Locations.
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III. Preliminary Findings on the Application

    SGS submitted acceptable applications for expansion of its scope of 
recognition. OSHA's review of the application files, and pertinent 
documentation, indicate that SGS can meet the requirements prescribed 
by 29 CFR 1910.7 for expanding its recognition to include the addition 
of these nine test standards for NRTL testing and certification listed 
above. This preliminary finding does not constitute an interim or 
temporary approval of SGS's applications.
    OSHA welcomes public comment as to whether SGS meets the 
requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition as an 
NRTL. Comments should consist of pertinent written documents and 
exhibits. Commenters needing more time to comment must submit a request 
in writing, stating the reasons for the request. Commenters must submit 
the written request for an extension by the due date for comments. OSHA 
will limit any extension to 10 days unless the requester justifies a 
longer period. OSHA may deny a request for an extension if the request 
is not adequately justified. To obtain or review copies of the exhibits 
identified in this notice, as well as comments submitted to the docket, 
contact the Docket Office, Room N-2625, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, at the above address. These 
materials also are available online at http://www.regulations.gov under 
Docket No. OSHA-2006-0040.
    OSHA staff will review all comments to the docket submitted in a 
timely manner and, after addressing the issues raised by these 
comments, will recommend to the Assistant Secretary for Occupational 
Safety and Health whether to grant SGS's applications for expansion of 
its scope of recognition. The Assistant Secretary will make the final 
decision on granting the applications. In making this decision, the 
Assistant Secretary may undertake other proceedings prescribed in 
Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA will publish a public notice of its 
final decision in the Federal Register.

IV. Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice. 
Accordingly, the Agency is issuing this notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 
657(g)(2), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 
2012), and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on October 21, 2014.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2014-25377 Filed 10-24-14; 8:45 am]
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